Highline loses at home to start new season
By Konner Hancock - Staff Reporter
The Highline women's basketball team lost their first preseason game of the year, 60-43 to Wenatchee Valley.
The Lady T-Birds played at home against the Knights last Friday, where they were behind the entire game.
"They outplayed us in most categories. Defensively they rattled us and made it hard for us to make shots," said Amber Mosley, Highline women's basketball head coach.
Highline wasn't ready for that kind of competition this early in the year, but it was good for the team to be challenged, she said.
The Knights totaled 17 points off Highline's turnovers and stopped Highline's offense 38 times throught the entire game.
However, the T-Birds were able to create 18 points off the Knight's turnovers and stopped Wenatchee 45 times, but that was not enough to stop the other team's offense.
"We spend a lot of time on defense yes, we now need to shift our focus to offense," said Mosley.
The T-Birds offense shot 33 percent from 2-point range and 19 percent from the 3-point line.
T-Bird forwards Theyoung Puoy, Talisha Snyder and Jasmine Hansgen all shot at or above 50 percent. Puoy shot 6 for 12 and led the team in scoring with 14 points, while Hansgen scored 9.
Highline was also behind in the free throw category shooting 43 percent while Wenatchee was shot 82 percent from the line. The Knights almost scored 15 to Highlines 8 off free throws.
Offensively the team did not perform like they should, rebounds were another major point of struggle, she said.
Defensive and offensive rebounds were all mostly grabbed by Wenatchee.
The Knights leading rebounder was forward Makenna Faulkner with 7 grabs and three of her teammates each notched 5 rebounds, guard Devenee Villareal, forward Treasure Farnmer and Taylissa Swan.
Highlines Ariel Miller led the team with 6 rebounds.
Wenatchee grabbed 55 percent of all the rebounds, 62 percent of the defensive rebounds and 51 percent of the offensive rebounds.
"We should be able to crash the boards harder," Mosley said.
The team's next action is in the Bellevue Tournament, Dec. 2,3 and 4. The tournament starts at 5 p.m. when the T-Birds will face the Lane Titans.